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Healthy Hearts Promoting Healthy Minds 5K scheduled Sept. 21

In 10 weeks, Counseling Services at Lucas County Health Center will hold their 10th annual 5K Run/Walk.

This event, Healthy Hearts Promoting Healthy Minds (HHPHM), is designed to raise funds to help Counseling Services provide individual, group and family therapy to those in need. Treatment is offered for mental-health concerns, short-term reactions to stress and/or change and addictive behaviors including, but not limited to drugs and alcohol. The LCHC counseling staff includes board-certified adult and child psychiatrists, licensed therapists, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

The Healthy Hearts event will take place on Saturday, September 21. Registration is currently $20 and all ages are welcome. After Sept. 6, and up until the day of the race, the registration fee will increase to $25.

By starting now, even beginners without significant health complaints who do not regularly engage in fitness walking can follow this schedule from about.com to prepare. It is recommended to consult with a physician before beginning any exercise program.

“The Healthy Hearts Promoting Healthy Minds 5K is a great way to give back to the community and also helps your own health,” said Shannon Page, social worker at LCHC. “If you are just starting out or continuing with your training, the upcoming 5K Run/Walk can give you a motivational boost whether it’s just a goal to finish or you have a time or friend you would like to beat. Mark your calendar for September 21 and come enjoy the fun.”

The run begins 9 a.m. with registration beginning 7:30 a.m. After the race, there will be awards, door prizes and light refreshments. Medals will be awarded to the first- through third-place finishers, male and female, for each age division. Registration forms are available at www.lchcia.com, or by contacting Counseling Services at 641.774.3274.

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